Defense Date

1-14-2011

Graduation Date

2011

Availability

Immediate Access

Submission Type

dissertation

Degree Name

PhD

Department

Theology

School

McAnulty College and Graduate School of Liberal Arts

Committee Chair

George S. Worgul

Committee Member

Radu Bordeianu

Committee Member

William Wright

Keywords

Aquinas, Grace, Otherness, Thomism

Abstract

This dissertation looks into the work of St. Thomas Aquinas and addresses his theology of grace through the lens of the postmodern concern for the other. The first chapter sets up the postmodern view using Emmanuel Levinas and Jacques Derrida to draw out the fundamental grounding for the concern for the other. In chapters two and three, St. Thomas' theology of nature and then grace are examined focusing on his particular focus on the other. In his work we find that there is a concern for the other and a structure to the human person that supports this concern. Using Clarkeian interpretation of St. Thomas along with unique analysis both a nature and a grace that is for the self and for the other is discovered. In the fourth chapter this structure is put in dialogue with the postmodern thinkers especially Jean-Luc Marion.

Format

PDF

Language

English

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